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 Posted: Mon Dec 31st, 2018 11:51 pm
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Mark Olson
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Here is my latest acquisition.
Not real sure about it.
Some Pix:



A Memphis fan fer sure

Zephair cage struts?

Rare badge?

Three speed, felt is in fair shape.
Fan had a black re-paint, but it looks like it was mostly black from the factory.
Paint is poor.
Information?
Suggestions for custom job?

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 Posted: Mon Dec 31st, 2018 11:59 pm
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Your fan is from the late 1950s early 1960s, the biggest give away is the badge and how it says R & M Hunter rather than just Hunter on it, the fans from the mid 1950s on back to 1947 when R & M first bought Hunter out those fans said just Hunter on one side and then Zephair on the other side.  
Those Hunter Zephairs are really nice fans and are nice quiet runners when properly cleaned and oiled.


Hope this helps.



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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 12:03 am
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Mark Olson
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Yes. That helps. Thank you.
Should the moderator see fit to move this to the post 1950 forum, please do.
Any suggestions for a custom paint and chrome job?

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Levi Mevis
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I have the earlier version of your fan which is in about the same condition as your fan is, and I just cleaned mine up and just left it as is, although I'm more of a purist when it comes to my antiques and vintage items.

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Yes, for some items, I agree.
For others, like this fan (and some others), I like them to shine like a new motorcycle.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 12:12 am
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And that's your choice and I'm fine with that being your choice, I'm just saying that because I don't have much experience with painting and also because I don't have a blaster booth I can't repaint fans very well so unless they're in horrible shape I won't do anything with my fans, just leave them as is. 

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 12:20 am
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Mark Olson
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Cool.
I have a popgun, but usually use rattle cans.
If you ever get a basket case and want me to paint it, Let me know! :D

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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2019 12:35 am
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OK Thanks. But most of my fans I've picked up so far have been in really good shape paint wise except for an AOU from 1928 that I had picked up from the local antique mall but the speed coil was shot on it and the base was too far gone for me to do anything with it so I just ended up using it for parts.

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:Xspeed chokes are a fairly easy rewind

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don't worry I sold all of the usable parts to fellow members on here, like the blades for instance, oscillator gearbox cover. 
And the speed coil couldn't be removed from the base cover because the screws were seized tight from years of rust buildup and what not.

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Have you ever used the electrolytic rust removal procedure?
I swear by it. In fact, I am preparing an order for carbon rods and such for anodes.
A co-worker supplied me with a nice 13.8 vdc psu @ considerably more current than a schumacher  battery charger.

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No I haven't but I don't have anything to use with the electrolysis system.
Also I can show you a picture of the speed coil and base assembly of the fan so you can get an idea of how badly the screws were rusted stuck.


Note how the nuts for securing the fastening screws of the speed coil are so badly rusted that you can't even tell the difference between the screw and the nut.

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Hmmm 
I just now saw this thread, after googling for the R&M C-16.   I have one that I picked up in grad school, and it’s worked without a hitch all these years.  I was wondering what its age would be;  it has a funky badge with open center and red R & M lettering around its edge.   Here’s a pic (pardon the dust!); any idea how old it is?




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Just a guess, but I’d say later than Mark’s (60s) since Hunter isn’t mentioned on the badge. Just my guess.

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if there is any thread  left electrolytic rust removal should  clean it up so you can  get the nuts off.
 DON'T PUT THE COIL IN THE WATER
I use lemon juice and water  in a crock pot . be careful with anything that has pot metal in it .
What works best is if you can get the solution top just at the boiling point.

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Sean Campbell wrote: Just a guess, but I’d say later than Mark’s (60s) since Hunter isn’t mentioned on the badge. Just my guess.
My guess is earlier, perhaps 1930s, due to the Art Deco type font.   Hopefully an expert will chime in?

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All these fans are post-war. The ones with the open cages are late 50's. Hunter was bought by R&M in 1949. Those are a weird model that weren't produced long. I guess they had a run of those cages they wanted to get rid of because they're commonly found on the 1950's R&M overlapping blade fans.

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Thanks, Andrew. Oddball fan indeed! :D

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Todd Adornato wrote: Thanks, Andrew. Oddball fan indeed! :D
I never really got a handle on why R&M kept producing fans as well. I guess it was two different approaches to the consumer. But they shared lots of parts. 

I remember as a kid watching "The Lucy Show" where she works at a radio station. And they had a full-on master shot of a R&M pedestal in tan and chrome that is basically your blade and cage on a R&M pedestal motor. This was 1965, and the fan looks fairly new. So I'd guess these were from around that time.




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